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WUSD Fellows & Projects


Last spring, ArtReach was able to grant fellowships to eight WUSD teacher applicants. The teachers began their fellowships over the summer and many of them are continuing them throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Christine Hayes & Valerie Troxel​​were supported to integrate songwriting curriculum in all three Elementary schools. This fellowship brought Stuart Stotts, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, to the district to collaborate with the team. 

Karen Tordera ​​was supported to attend and present at the National Association of Music Educators National Conference in Nashville, TN. Karen was able to share her innovative arts curricula with a national audience and her colleagues in the district.

Sara Brautigam ​​was supported to participate in an online class, “Assessment in Art Education.” Sara has been able to apply what she learned from this course into her daily practice and curriculum mapping.

Abi Pulvermacher​​ was supported to invite Greg Abate, a Jazz Recording Artist, as a guest artist to assist with the Jazz Curriculum. Greg will be working with the district music teachers this winter.

Technology Projects

ArtReach was able to grant support tfor technology to five WUSD teacher applicants. These technology grants have provided invaluable resources for district teachers and students. Here is a look at those resources:

Sara Brautigam ​was granted support to purchase 6 iPads. These iPads were integrated into art and music classrooms and shared among teachers.

Abi Pulvermacher​ was granted support to upgrade the audio system for the High School band room, allowing students to play and record their own work.

Mareta Hale ​​was granted support to purchase iPads for student use to investigate, research, and inquire about artists and artistic movements.

Karen Tordera ​was granted support to purchase an iPad Air to use for students’ vocal self-assessments.

Valerie Troxel​​ was granted support to acquire an iPad Air for daily use within the music education classroom.